A Short History of Google

Google Inc. the American search engine company, founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page that is a subsidiary of the holding company Alphabet Inc.

History of Google

1995 - 1996
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University in 1995.

Larry and Sergey named the search engine they built “Google,” a play on the word “googol,” the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros.

History of Google

In 2000, Google introduced AdWords, a self-service program for creating online ad campaigns.

On April Fools’ Day in 2004, Google launched Gmail. Google’s approach to email included features like speedy search, huge amounts of storage and threaded messages.

Google acquired digital mapping company Keyhole in 2004, and launched Google Maps and Google Earth in 2005.

In 2006, Google acquired online video sharing site YouTube. Today 60 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute.

Amidst rumors of a “Gphone,” Google announced Android—an open platform for mobile devices—and the Open Handset Alliance, in 2007.

Word got out about Google Chrome a day ahead of schedule when a comic book introducing Google’s new open source browser was shipped earlier than planned. Google officially launched on September 2, 2008.

In 2012 Google’s market capitalization made it one of the largest American companies not in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Google reorganized itself in August 2015 to become a subsidiary of the holding company Alphabet Inc.

Today more than 70 percent of worldwide online search requests are handled by Google, placing it at the heart of most Internet users’ experience. Its headquarters are in Mountain View, California.